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Special Education/Preschool

S. Rosa
Sommer Rosa
Director of Special Education

For questions regarding special education or preschool, please contact Sommer Rosa, Director of Special Education at 859.815.2009 or sommer.rosa@fortthomas.kyschools.us.

According to Federal law, the Fort Thomas Independent School District shall make a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) available to all children with disabilities aged three (3) to twenty-one (21) residing within its district’s boundaries, including children with disabilities who have been suspended or expelled for more than ten (10) school days in a school year and have not graduated with a general education diploma. FAPE shall be provided to each child with a disability based on the child’s unique needs and not on the child’s disability. The FTISD provides and uses local, state, federal, and other fiscal resources as needed to provide the specially designed instruction and related services needed by children with disabilities.



The Fort Thomas Independent School District has board policies for the location, identification, and placement of three (3) year old students with disabilities, and four (4) year old students with disabilities or at-risk factors who reside within the jurisdiction of the district.  Policies address each requirement in the administration regulations concerning Preschool Education for Four-Year-Old Children (704 KAR 3:410) and Preschool Education for Children with Disabilities (707 KAR 1:150).

The Fort Thomas Independent Schools Preschool Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, or handicapping condition.  Children are eligible for enrollment in the preschool program if they are:

  1. Residents of the Fort Thomas Independent School District
  2. At least three (3) or four (4) years old on the date of enrollment
  3. Disabled, as defined by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Fort Thomas Independent School District Policies and Procedures Manual for Exceptional Children
  4. Or, if they are four (4) years old on or before August 1st of the current school year and meet federal guidelines for income eligibility criteria (160% of the poverty level) at enrollment.  Once determined eligible, these students remain eligible throughout the school year regardless of any changes in financial status.

Preschool Screenings

The preschool program maintains an active recruitment process to ensure the timely identification, evaluation, and enrollment of eligible children.  There are two developmental screenings scheduled at the beginning and end of each school year (August and May).  Additional screenings are scheduled periodically throughout the year.  Information about screenings is distributed throughout the community via flyers, school marquees, and the district website.